Health Information And Technology Degree Programs

Health information technology covers a wide range of careers within the fields of medical records keeping, medical coding and information technology within a hospital or physician's office setting.

Health information technology educational programs provide students with the skills needed to work as technicians and coders, which eventually may lead to careers working in more technical positions such as health or nursing informatics, cancer registrar or health care information technology.

Health information and technology degree programs

Programs offered at the community college level typically culminate in an associate of applied science degree in health information technology. Associate's level programs usually take four full semesters to complete and can be either campus-based, online or a blend of both. Students who wish to further their education -- often a prerequisite for more technical jobs within the field of health information technology -- can advance their careers by completing a bachelor's degree program in technical or health information management.

Earning a degree in health information technology is crucial to landing a job in the field as well as for advancement, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov) reports, since employers typically prefer to hire job candidates that possess key professional certifications such as Registered Health Information Technician or Certified Coding Specialist. Those certifications and others can only be obtained after successful completion of accredited health information and technology degree programs.

Health information technology coursework and training

Study in health information technology covers a wide range of coursework that includes study in the following areas:

  • Medical terminology
  • Introduction to health information technology
  • Computer applications and software
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Legal and ethic concerns of health information
  • Medical coding
  • Health care statistics and reporting

Coursework introduces the various medical and anatomical terminology students can expect to encounter on a daily basis, as well as classifications of medications and the many abbreviations and acronyms used in medical terminology. Students also can expect to learn about the history and organizational structure of U.S. health care systems and new directions and initiatives in health care, such as electronic health records. Students who graduate from accredited health information and technology degree programs can expect to have a solid understanding of their ethical, legal and regulatory obligations in regards to tracking and recording sensitive patient data, as well as a strong foundation in insurance reimbursement and payment methods.

Health information technology career outlook and salary expectations

The majority of employees working in health information technology are employed as either health information technicians or medical coders. Using classification systems software, medical coders assign codes to medical diagnoses and procedures, which are used by insurance companies to determine financial reimbursement. Health information technicians use electronic health recording software to manage and organize a wide variety of health information data that's analyzed to improve health care delivery practices and health care information. Technicians strive to ensure complete accuracy and total security with sensitive patient data, and those with higher levels of competency oftentimes work to improve medical recording software and health information networks, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov), there were 180,760 medical records and health information technicians working in May of 2013, with national median annual wages of $34,970. The top 10 percent of health information technicians, however, earned more than $57,000 annually, the BLS reports. More than two-thirds of workers in the field were employed at hospitals or physicians offices.

Populous states such as Texas, California, Florida and New York were the leading employers of health information technicians and medical coders. Accordingly, large metropolitan regions such as Greater Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston and New York City also were among the largest employment centers.

Demand for medical records and health information technicians is expected to rise by 22 percent from 2012 through 2022, the BLS notes. That's double the rate for all professions combined. Job growth is expected to come mainly from waves of aging Baby Boomers seeking more medical services and treatments. The widespread use of electronic health records by more and more healthcare providers also is expected to create new positions in the field.

Another rising area in health information technology is for cancer registrars to assign classification codes to diagnoses and treatment of various forms of cancer, the BLS notes. Job prospects in all fields of health information technology should be strongest for candidates who possess certifications in their specialty and have extensive computers skills.


Careers in Health Information, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, www.hrsa.gov/healthit/workforce/careers.html

Health Information Technology, Regents Online Campus Collaborative, www.rodp.org/degree-programs-courses/associates/health-information-technology

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics, www.bls.gov/oes/CURRENT/oes292071.htm

Health Information Technology Schools

Refine School Matches
Hide filters

    See More


    See More



    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
            Results open in new window

            Searching Searching ...

            Matching School Ads
            2 Program(s) Found
            Fortis Institute , Cuyahoga Falls
            • Provides a 24/7 myCampusLink system that lets students access their records, e-mail, communicate with faculty, and more.
            • Designated a 2014 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
            • Educates with the mission to serve the needs of the local community and graduates by matching opportunities to skills.
            • Offers career education in nursing, dental, business, information technology, and more. 
            • Has 44 campus locations across 15 states, with online options as well.
            Show more [+]
            • Financial Aid
            2 Program(s) Found
            Rasmussen College , New Port Richey
            • Founded in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1900, with over 40 diverse online degree programs.
            • Offers a comprehensive student services team (SUPPORT+) composed of financial aid advisors, academic tutors, career service advisors, and more.
            • Operates as a Public Benefit Corporation school, that puts students first and maintains a commitment to the communities they serve.
            • Features a DreamReal program, that provides students with career guidance from enrollment to graduation, helps them to make connections in their community, and more.
            Show more [+]
            4 Program(s) Found
            • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
            • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
            • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
            • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            1 Program(s) Found
            • First opened its doors in 1980 as the Academy of Medical Art and Business.
            • Students can choose from a variety of diploma or degree programs, as well as continuing education courses.
            • Provides programs in massage therapy, dental assisting, criminal justice, cake decorating, and more.
            • 7.5 acre campus is located in the foothills of Blue Mountain, north of Harrisburg, PA.
            • Involved with many community service organizations, including the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank (CPBB), March of Dimes, and Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
            Show more [+]
            • Accredited
            • Financial Aid
            3 Program(s) Found
            • Offers special tuition pricing for Veterans, Active Duty Military and spouses/qualifying dependents of all Active Duty, National Guard and Reserves.
            • Works closely with an advisory board from the medical community to ensure that their curriculum, equipment and instruction are current.
            • Allows students to complete assignments on the go with its Blackboard Learn mobile app.
            • Gives online students live student support for technical or course questions.
            • Has campus locations in Florida as well as online learning programs.
            Show more [+]
            Good for Working Adults
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits